Salty, crunchy and peanut buttery?! Yes, please! These no bake bars are something I like to have on hand at all times!
I’m a big fan of anything peanut butter. Add in the salty crunch of pork rinds and some caramel extract and it doesn’t get much better! This recipe is dangerously addictive, you’ve been warned!
These no bake bars whip up in a flash and have easy to find ingredients. I love using defatted peanut flour in recipes since it gives you that amazing peanut flavor but at a fraction of the calories. Healthy fats are great but there is no reason to overdo them if you don’t have to! I buy the Protein Plus brand of peanut flour and order it online. It’s the best priced one I’ve found. Whatever brand you buy, it’s always a good idea to double check that it has just straight peanut flour with no added sugar.
I store these bars in the freezer so I always have them on hand when the craving strikes. I generally wake up hungry and on the days I work at 6 AM, I don’t have a breakfast break until 9:30. Since I wake up at 5 AM that leaves over four hours until I get to eat! Salted caramel PB bars to the rescue! I get the delicious flavor of peanut butter AND a natural energy boost from the coconut oil.
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A few tips:
1. The sweetener I use most often is a DIY recipe from the cookbook “Food For Life”. It is a blend of xylitol, erythritol and THM pure stevia extract and is one third as sweet as sugar. This would be similar to Truvia. It is also fairly close to Gentle Sweet or Puyre, but if you use those options you might need a bit more. Use what you have, start small and taste until it’s sweet enough for you. I personally don’t like these overly sweet but adjust to your liking!
2. I always use caramel extract but I bet maple or pecan would be good alternatives!
3. To make crushing the pork rinds a breeze I put them in a ziplock gallon bags and crumble them up with my hands.
4. You can also make these using half coconut oil and half butter. I think I like this variation even better actually! But take note that this recipe will no longer be dairy free then.
5. You can also add in some chopped nuts of your choice to add more crunch to these bars!
6. If you love this recipe feel free to double the ingredients! I usually do this.
So what are you waiting for? Grab the ingredients you need for this recipe and let’s whip these up!
Salted Caramel PB crunch No Bake Bars Recipe
You will need:
1 cup coconut oil
1 cup defatted peanut flour
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. caramel extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
2-3 tbsp. Truvia, Gentle Sweet, or equivalent of your favorite sweetener
2 1/2 cups crushed pork rinds
Salted Caramel PB Crunch No Bake Bars Instructions
1. In a medium sized pot, melt the coconut oil, peanut flour and peanut butter over low heat.
2. Once it is melted, remove from the heat and stir in the rest of the ingredients.
3. Line a small pan or container with parchment paper. I use a larger loaf pan that measures 6 1/2 x 9 inches, but use what you have handy!
4. Place the pan in the freezer and let sit until it is completely solid but not rock hard. Remove from the pan and cut into pieces. Store in the fridge or freezer.
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Salted Caramel PB Crunch No Bake Bars
- 1 cup coconut oil [or 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup coconut oil]
- 1 cup defatted peanut flour
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp caramel extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 2-3 tbsp. Truvia, Gentle Sweet, or equivalent of your favorite sweetener
- 2 1/2 cups crushed pork rinds
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional
- In a medium sized pot, melt the coconut oil, peanut flour and peanut butter over low heat.
- Once it is melted, remove from the heat and stir in the rest of the ingredients.
- Line a 8×8 pan with parchment paper.
- Place the pan in the freezer and let sit until completely solid but not rock hard. Remove from the pan and cut into squares. Store in the fridge or freezer.
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I’m going to make these tomorrow because a friend made your recipe and I’m craving it lol.. do you think I can make this with no peanut flour. I don’t have it on hand and don’t want to head back out. What do you think?
No I think you need the peanut flour. It would be pretty runny and not have enough sauce to cover the pork rinds or taste as peanutty.
These are sooo good!!! They may be my new snack favorite!!
Tina L Tidwell
How many total carbs are in these?
According to My Fitness Pal there is approximately 1 gram per bar if you cut them into 16 squares.
That’s a lot of grease! Is there nothing to substitute for that?
Hi Laurie, thanks for the question! You could try cutting back on the coconut oil or butter a bit and see how that works for you. You just want enough to hold it together without being too crumbly. Many THM S and Keto style treats use a lot of healthy fats, but the beautiful thing about coconut oil especially, is that it actually revs your metabolism and helps you burn fat! I did use peanut flour instead of a lot of peanut butter to cut back on the fat some. Treats like this are also quite filling since they are made with healthy ingredients so it only takes a small square to satisfy me. Hope this helps!😊
Do you measure the pork rinds after they are crushed or before?
Great question! Measure them after they are crushed.😊
Is there something I can use in place of the pork rinds? Can’t find them around here.
Hmmmm, that would be a tough one to substitute! You could try just using a mixture of chopped nuts and coconut flakes but keep in mind that would make them much more calorie dense. Also they wouldn’t have that airy crunchiness. I live in quite a remote area but thankfully our grocery store carries pork rinds. Maybe you could ask if it’s something they could get in?? When I drive 2 hours to Costco I make sure to buy the big tubs of pork rinds you can find there.😁